Alpinelite 30 Daypack


Alpinelite 30 Daypack
Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Alpinelite 30 Daypack
Manufacturer MEC
Page By Poor Climber
Page Type Jan 23, 2007 / Jan 23, 2007
Object ID 1909
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Product Description


Whether you’re mountaineering or backpacking, you’ll appreciate this light, compact daypack. Whip out its removable back padding, and it’ll fold into its own pocket to fit in your main pack, ready for summit bids, or side trips from base camps or hostels.

210-denier Dyneema ripstop nylon body, 420-denier nylon bottom.
Top loading, with dual lid straps.
Removable compression straps.
Rugged Uretek crampon patch.
Contoured shoulder straps, padded with low-profile laminated foam.
Key clip.
Compatible with MEC shovel holder or MEC snowboard holder.


Weight 720 grams for regular.

Nonremoveable top.

Not hydration compatible.

Key Klip in Top Pocket.

Sternum strap with built in whislte.



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Poor Climber - Jan 23, 2007 3:51 am - Voted 5/5

Nice, light weight pack
This is MEC's homegrown version of the now discontinued Serratus Genie summit pack.

Thanks to its light weight, and supprising comfort; this has become my day pack of choice.

~ Is large enough for most day trips. ( The 30 Liter sizing seems to be an underestimate)
~ Fits well. I got the large as I have a torso length of 22.5 inches, and I find that the hip strap actually fits my hips well enough to carry some load.
~Frameless, so it moves quite well.
~Light weight, it only weights 740 grams for the large!
~The pack material 'seems' water proof.
~Fits perfectly in overhead bins even in small regional jets.
~Has a removable foam pad that can make it collaspable into a much larger pack. It can be packed into its own lid.
~ Low Cost! ($49.00 CAD)

~ It is not hydration compatible.
~ It does not have a frame, so it flops a bit when it is mostly empty.
~ The foam pad is easy to remove, but difficult to put back in.

Overhall, this pack has become my favorite travel pack since it fits so well in airplanes, and it has become my favorite X-country ski pack as I can barely feel that I am even carrying it when I am out for a day in the woods!

I hope to update this review, when I get a chance to go climbing with this pack!

Well I got to go 4th class scrambling with this pack in the Wichita mountains of OK. The pack did quite well. It stayed fit and secure during all my contortions and did not make my back feel sore either.

I did a spring ascent of Sherman using this pack. It handled the load of extra layers, my ice axe, poles, and snowshoes quite well.

rhyang - Jan 23, 2007 6:29 am - Voted 5/5

I love this thing !
I've used this pack for technical alpine ice and alpine rock climbing, and I love it. It carries tools, crampons, your share of the rack, water, extra clothes, food, etc.

The weight indicated on the MEC website is incorrect, at least for the regular size (26L). Someone on weighed it and came up with the following :

Alpinelite 30 std = 664g
Alpinelite 30 std sans foam = 634g
Alpinelite 30 std sans foam and compression straps = 586g

I've used a 2L platypus hydration reservoir with this thing on several occasions.

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